(to be) squashed in like sardines

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - squashed in like sardines

"(to be) squashed in like sardines"

to be positioned so closely together that movement is not possible


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - squashed in like sardines

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How was your camping trip with your family?

Friend 2:  I think we should have bought a bigger camper trailer.

Friend 1:  A little crowded with two adults and two children and a dog?

Friend 2:  We were squashed in like sardines.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - squashed in like sardines

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Well, you've been here for six months now. How do you like living in our city?

Friend 2:  It's a great city, although the houses are squashed in like sardines.

Friend 1:  Land is at a premium so land parcels are really small. You'll get used to living so close to your neighbors.

(to be) squashed in like sardines - Usage:


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(to be) squashed in like sardines - Gerund Form:

Being squashed in like sardines, the train ride was very uncomfortable.

(to be) squashed in like sardines - Examples:

1)  ... the truck was full, full tray. We were all squashed in like sardines you know. We had enough little room for me to that they dropped me ...

2)  Kitt and I were wondering if the little bus that had us squashed in like sardines (think-stretched out VW wagon!) would make it up the mountain to Santa ...

3)  ... no room to stretch out to try and sleep. We were squashed in like sardines.

4)  It was rush hour and everyone was squashed in like sardines. I started to feel dizzy, and shortly thereafter fainted somewhere between ...

5)  ... can't hear anything over the music, and everyone is squashed in like sardines realised that bar takings were being limited by how fast they could get the beer ...

6)  Rita picked us up in a jeep type SUV and we were squashed in like sardines for a two and a half hour trip over winding roads.

7)  ... busy but not heaving like Oxford St which must be better than squashed in like sardines. It was incredibly busy last night.

8)  The seats are too small and the crowd is squashed in like sardines. The seats are all wood, no cushioning whatever.

9)  ... a true reflection of the space at the pool as you are squashed in like sardines with only about 2 feet between loungers.

10)  ... the model of the Yemen smuggling route, where refugees are squashed in like sardines to maximize profit, ...

11)  It was very hard, we slept chest to back, all squashed in like sardines.

12)  ... foreign-published, monolingual texts, their students can be found elsewhere, squashed in like sardines among the bilingual language texts produced by Japanese publishers.

13)  With that many people squashed in like sardines in a can, anyplace they go is going to be a populated area.

14)  A 40? bus can carry 75 if all riders were squashed in like sardines.

15)  We here are so squashed in like sardines, on buses, trains, and even streets, that finding some semblance of personal space takes on larger than ...

16)  You're really squashed in like sardines and everywhere you turn there is someone mega famous and you don't know what to do so you ... 

17)  By the time of the interview, 50 more candidates had filled the long corridor, all of us squashed in like sardines.

18)  And that means people are squashed in like sardines. A messy commute on the roads means more people are taking Metro, ...

19)  The press area took up almost half of the gym but the rest of the area filled up with people jam-squashed in like sardines.

20)  Aben said despite being "squashed in like sardines", the sheep seemed to be in good health and did not appear distressed.